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WOMEN CEOS SPEAK

Strategies for the next generation of female executives and how companies can pave the road

 

 

 

 
 
 
Fearless Girl
Sculpture by Kristen Visbal
Commissioned by State Street Global Advisors

THE CEO PIPELINE PROJECT

When roughly 94% of Fortune 1000 chief executive officers (CEOs) are men, what qualities drive the 6% who are women to the most elite reaches of corporate leadership?

 

To find out, the Korn Ferry Institute studied 57 women who have been CEO—38 currently and 19 previously—at Fortune 1000-listed companies and others of similar size. We analyzed structured interviews with all 57 women and the results of psychometric assessments taken by two-thirds of them.

About the report

 

The Korn Ferry Institute would like to express its deepest gratitude to the former and sitting CEOs,
whose participation in the preparation of this report has been indispensable.

 

Angela Ahrendts
Former CEO
Burberry Group plc

Shellye Archambeau
CEO
MetricStream Inc.

Claire H. Babrowski
Former President and Interim
CEO
RadioShack

Cheryl Bachelder
Former CEO
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Mary T. Barra
Chair and CEO
General Motors Company

Angela F. Braly
Former Chair, President, and
CEO
Wellpoint, Inc.

Rosalind G. Brewer
Group President and Chief
Operating Officer
Starbucks Corporation
Former President and CEO
Sam’s Club
 
Shelley G. Broader
President and CEO
Chico’s FAS, Inc.

Michele Buck
President and CEO
The Hershey Company

Kathryn Bufano
Former President and CEO
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

Ursula Burns
Former Chair and CEO
Xerox Corporation

Wendy Clark
CEO
DDB North America

Sandra B. Cochran
President and CEO
Cracker Barrel Old Country
Store, Inc.

Debra A. Crew
President and CEO
Reynolds American Inc.

Mary Dillon
CEO
Ulta Beauty, Inc.
 
Virginia (“Gina”) C. Drosos
CEO
Signet Jewelers Limited

Adena Friedman
President and CEO
Nasdaq, Inc.

Christina A. Gold
Former CEO
Western Union Financial
Services, Inc.
Shira Goodman
President and CEO
Staples, Inc.

 

Mindy Grossman
President and CEO
Weight Watchers International,
Inc.
Former CEO
HSN, Inc.

Veronica (“Ronee”) M. Hagen
Former President and CEO
Polymer Group, Inc.

Kimberly J. Harris 
President and CEO
Puget Sound Energy
 
Larissa L. Herda
Former Chair and CEO
TW Telecom, Inc.
 
Jacqueline Hinman
Chair and CEO
CH2M Hill

Lisa A. Hook
President and CEO
Neustar, Inc.

Linda P. Hudson
Former President and CEO
BAE Systems, Inc.
Chair and CEO
The Cardea Group

Terri L. Kelly
CEO
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Ellen Kullman
Former Chair and CEO
DuPont

Rochelle ("Shelley") B. Lazarus
Chair Emeritus
Former Chair and CEO
Ogilvy & Mather
 
Constance H. Lau
President and CEO
Hawaiian Electric Industries,
Inc.

Kimberly S. Lubel
Former Chair, President, and
CEO
CST Brands, Inc.

Anna Manning
President and CEO
Reinsurance Group of America,
Inc.

JoAnn M. Martin
CEO
Ameritas Mutual Holding
Company

Gretchen W. McClain
Former President and CEO
Xylem Inc.
 
Sheri McCoy
CEO
Avon Products, Inc.

 

Judy R. McReynolds
Chair, President, and CEO
ArcBest Corporation
 
Amy E. Miles
Chair and CEO
Regal Entertainment Group
 
Allison Moran
Former CEO
RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.

Denise M. Morrison
President and CEO
Campbell Soup Company

 

Anne M. Mulcahy
Former Chair and CEO
Xerox Corporation

Deanna M. Mulligan
President and CEO
The Guardian Life Insurance
Company of America

Sheryl Palmer
Chair, President, and CEO
Taylor Morrison Home
Corporation

Patricia K. Poppe
President and CEO
CMS Energy Corporation and
Consumers Energy Company

Denise L. Ramos
President and CEO
ITT Inc.

Debra L. Reed
Chair, President, and CEO
Sempra Energy
 
Sally J. Smith
President and CEO
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

Susan N. Story
President and CEO
American Water Works
Company, Inc.

Dr. Lisa Su
President and CEO
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
(AMD)

Lisa W. Wardell
President and CEO
Adtalem Global Education

Meg Whitman
CEO
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Geisha J. Williams
President and CEO
PG&E Corporation

Dona D. Young
Former Chair, President, and
CEO
The Phoenix Companies, Inc.

Marita Zuraitis
President and CEO
Horace Mann Educators
Corporation